Children with Disabilities

A disability includes a physical impairment such as mobility, hearing, visual, and language difficulties, and developmental delays which affect a person’s behaviour, emotional expression, and learning abilities. It includes mild to severe disabilities, from cerebral palsy, paralysis and amputation, to blindness, deafness, autism, and dyslexia. Children may be born with an impairment, or develop one as a result of disease, abuse, or an injury, e.g. many children are the victims of shootings, bombings, and explosions in conflict affected areas. 

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European Network on Independent Living - ENIL,

In this webinar, a panel including persons with disabilities and experts in disaster management, human rights and service provision discuss the need for “emergency deinstitutionalisation” of persons with disabilities and how this could be achieved.

Validity Foundation, European Network on Independent Living (ENIL), International Disability Alliance (IDA), Disability Rights International (DRI), Disability Rights Unit at the Centre for Human Rights, International Disability and Development Consortium,

A coalition of six disability rights organisations has launched a major international monitoring initiative entitled “COVID-19 Disability Rights Monitor” to conduct rapid independent monitoring of state measures concerning persons with disabilities. 

United Nations,

This Policy Brief by the United Nations highlights the impact of COVID-19 on persons with disabilities and in doing so, outlines key actions and recommendations to make the response and recovery inclusive of persons with disabilities.

Maja Laklija, Marina Milić Babić, & Leah P. Cheatham - Child & Youth Services ,

This study aims to advance understanding of social workers’ perceptions of the circumstances necessitating and preventing the placement of children with disabilities (CwDs) in institutions.

Susan Baidawi & Alex R Piquero - Journal of Youth and Adolescence,

This study examined differences in childhood adversity, child protection involvement, and offending among crossover children by neurodisability status.

Human Rights Watch,

This report outlines key human rights risks to children related to the COVID-19 crisis, and steps that governments should take to protect children’s rights in the pandemic, mitigate its devastating effects, and benefit children after the crisis is over.


This guidance note presents some tips for UNICEF country offices and partners on key considerations when planning to engage with children and adults with disabilities for COVID-19 response.

Gadija Khan, Dane Isaacs, Mokhantšo Gladys Makoae, Lorenza Logan Fluks, Tholang Mokhele, Zitha Mokomane - Child & Family Social Work,

Through the lens of a care framework, the present study aims to explore service providers' perceptions of families caring for CWD in resource‐poor settings in South Africa.

Devanshi Khetawat - Institutionalised Children Explorations and Beyond,

In the current article, the cognitive, emotional, mental health, and behavioural benefits of deinstitutionalisation for children with varied disabilities in India and UK are discussed.

Republic of Kenya Ministry of Labour and Social Protection, State Department for Social Protection, Office of the Principal Secretary,

The following are key messages including critical information about keeping children safe and healthy during the pandemic. The messages are designed for use by Children’s Officers, child protection actors including directors of Children’s Institutions, and members of government and civil society that work with vulnerable children and families to guide actions targeting and services provided for vulnerable children and families.